The Patio at Café Brauer

Experience Beauty and the Feast at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo

Dine and drink waterside at Chicago’s most scenic al fresco restaurant and bar: the Patio at Café Brauer.

The Patio is located just south of the main zoo grounds beside Café Brauer (2021 North Stockton), an historic Prairie School-style landmark. Overlooking the pond at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, the Patio offers unparalleled views of this restored prairie ecosystem and the Chicago skyline.

Savor chicken quesadillas, a hummus trio, fresh salads, flatbread pizzas and specialty burgers. Sip cocktails, craft-brewed beer (including Goose Island Brewery’s Boardwalk Blue, a blueberry-infused golden ale exclusive to the Patio and Goose Island Brewpub), wine and soft drinks. Drop by for a relaxing weekend brunch. Experience the Patio at Café Brauer: a slice of paradise in the heart of the city.

The Patio is open daily through Monday, September 1 (Labor Day).


Patio Hours

Through September 1 (Labor Day)

11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday:
Brunch: 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Dinner: 3–9 p.m.

September 2–October 5

11:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

Special Offers!

After dining at the Patio, please take this short survey and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate! Final drawing takes place in August.

Live Music Nights

Locally Sourced at the Patio
The zoo’s Locally Sourced at the Patio series, sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Company, features local musicians, local artists, produce from local farms and drink specials from Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Wednesdays, May 28–August 27
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Summer Sounds at the Patio
New this season, Summer Sounds at the Patio features classical and jazz performers every Tuesday evening.

Tuesdays, June 10–August 26
5:30–7:30 p.m.


The Patio takes reservations for parties of up to eight guests between 5–8:30 p.m. Please contact to make a reservation.

Patio at Café Brauer Menus

Lunch and Dinner
Weekend Brunch